Thomas M. O'Donnell
1923 - 2006
Thomas M O'Donnell, 82, of Camarillo passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2006.
Tom was born June 5, 1923, in New York City, N.Y. He attended City
College of New York, Fordham University and University of California,
Los Angeles. Tom was a Purple Heart veteran who served as a proud Marine
in the 4th Division during World War II in the Pacific.
After the war, he graduated from UCLA and opened his own venetian blind
business. He was employed by Hughes Tool Co., Avco and, for 25 years,
with Litton Industries. At Litton he was vice president of marketing at
DSD and prior to retirement in 1986, he was president of Litton Data
Command Systems and Litton Saudi Arabia Limited and elected vice
president of Litton Industries Inc.
Tom married Mary, his wife of 59 years, in Los Angeles on June 21, 1947.
He is survived by Mary; their four children, Paula Marsh of Folsom,
Michael O'Donnell of Sherman Oaks, Helen O'Donnell of Santa Rosa and
Jennifer Karazissis of Calabasas; and his sister, Judy Colonel of
Tom's favorite activities revolved around family, especially his five
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and travel and golf. He
combined these activities by taking the family on golfing vacations
around the world. His generosity was felt by friends and community. He
financed start-up businesses and coordinate capital improvements for his
church, and was a contributor to California Lutheran University in
He was the patriarch of the O'Donnell clan, the mentor to many, and the
giver of his time, talents and respect. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at Mount
Cross Lutheran Church, Camarillo.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the
American Diabetes Association, Mount Cross Lutheran Church Endowment or
the charity of choice.
Published in the Ventura County Star from 5/9/2006 - 5/12/2006.